The main hall of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is undergoing a refresh. I had posted pictures previously from a visit in January, but things have progressed. As you can see, the iconic turned cowlings of the Spirit of St Louis have been removed. In clear view are some of the engine support struts, some wiring and control lines. You can also see the large fuel tank that Ryan Aircraft and Lindbergh installed to help get the aircraft over the Atlantic. Pretty thrilling to see first hand. For instance, that is a leather strap helping to secure the tank just forward of the cockpit. In addition to the Spirit, Freedom 7 is out of its case and is sitting next to Gemini IV. It looks like they are also getting ready to lower the X-1 as they have a nose gear support and the main gear doors off.

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